Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua will defend his world titles against Kubrat Pulev at the club’s new stadium.
The North Londoners reportedly saw off competition from rivals Arsenal to win the right to host the fight, despite the Gunners making a late play to host the event at the Emirates (The Sun).
It will be Joshua’s first fight on UK soil since defeating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September 2018 and the 30-year-old revealed that he cannot wait for his London homecoming.
Speaking about the fight, the 30-year-old told Tottenham’s official website: “On June 20, I am defending my Heavyweight World Titles. I’m back in my home city after some time away.
“A spectacular stadium has been built in North London and I’m honoured to bring the boxing community from all over the world to witness us make history with the stadium’s first Heavyweight World Title fight.
“The belts go back up in the air and nothing will stop me from being victorious.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn also revealed his excitement at seeing the champion boxer fight at Spurs’ state of the art stadium.
Hern said: “I’m so excited to see Anthony Joshua return to the capital, 70,000 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is going to be very special.
“2019 was a crazy year that had everything – the only thing missing was a UK fight and as we go into what I believe will be the biggest year of ‘AJ’s’ career so far, all our attention turns to Kubrat Pulev in an absolute must-win fight.”
Tottenham’s new 62,062 capacity stadium has been designed not to just to host football matches but also NFL games and other events.
The club have already announced that Capital Radio’s Summertime Ball, will take place in N17 on Saturday 6 June following soon after the first concerts at the venue by rock legends Guns N’ Roses, who will play two dates on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May.
Spurs Web Opinion
With the stadium set to host so many high-profile sporting events, the fact that the naming rights haven’t been sold yet might not entirely be a bad thing for us. Hosting these events potentially allows the club’s brand to get some free publicity among new audiences. One thing that is clear is that the stadium is going to considerably improve the club’s revenue in the coming years.
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